The media influences people in different ways, some positive and some negative. It is important to realize although media can have a positive effect on society too much exposure to television, computers, or magazines can lead to unhealthy effects. The media gives people a way to connect with one another through news updates or even social networking. Most everyone wakes up in the morning grabs the newspaper, computer, or flips on the television to educate themselves on the worldly happenings of that day. According to Manali Oak author of “Positive Effects of the Media”,
“Research has revealed that media is responsible for influencing a major part of our daily life. Media contribute to a transformation in the cultural and social values of the masses. Media can bring about a change in the attitudes and beliefs of the common man. The persuasive nature of the content presented over media influences the thoughts and behavior of the general public. Media has a direct impact over the lifestyle of society.”
The media gives society a way to come together and educate us as a whole. With this education we are able to make crucial decisions toward elections, polls, or any other event that affects everyone in our country.
However, the media may help bring us all together but it tends to tear apart individual people. People such as; women trying to measure up to their celebrity idol, children trying to fit in with drugs, or teens battling peer pressure seen in the media. According to Julia Ransohoff the media creates a false depiction of the way people look and the roles of certain genders. She states in her article “Teens and the Media”:
“Many teens want to be like the characters they see on TV. Also, some forms of media do not show the real diversity of the world. According to Common Sense Media, 74 percent of the characters on TV are Caucasian, and 64 percent of video game characters are males.”
The two varying views just enhance the fact that media is good in monitored amounts of exposure, especially among children and young teens.